News | EDMbiz Announces 2015 Panels & Speakers Featuring Pasquale Rotella, James Barton, and More

Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Since its inception in 2012, the EDMbiz Conference & Expo has led the charge for both industry executives and hopefuls, as it’s one of the largest gatherings of the entire dance music ecosystem, from influential power players, to international artists, to aspiring industry hopefuls. Taking place June 16-18, EDMbiz offers three days of keynote presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, as industry leaders like Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac, and Mike Darlington, CEO of Monstercat, come together to discuss dance music and its current happenings. In addition to two brand new contests, the Insomniac-hosted conference has announced the first phase of their programming, including panels, keynote sessions, and speakers. Badges to EDMbiz 2015 are still available, and you can register for one here.

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Events, Featured, Review | THROWBACK THURSDAY: How Our Lives Have Changed Since Amsterdam Dance Event

Posted by on November 14, 2013

 

 Just one short month after attending the Amsterdam Dance Event in the Netherlands, VMan and I bring you nothing but the best coverage of the event, including a first hand understanding of how the Dutch produce such great DJs and the aftermath of how our lives have changed since the festival. Expect to be ready to purchase a plane ticket to next year’s ADE upon completion.

Annnnnd go!

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Exclusive | I LOVE TECHNO EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY

Posted by on November 5, 2013

ATTN: EUROPEAN READERS! Fresh New Tracks has teamed up with this year’s I LOVE TECHNO festival in Ghent, Belgium to reward you guys for being so frickin’ awesome. We’re giving away an I LOVE TECHNO swagged out package including a 2 guestlist tickets to this weekend’s biggest party. If you’ll be in the area (or have the means to get your bootay over to Belgium) then enter the contest below. And to all our other readers, like, do you see this lineup? Read it and weep.

I LOVE TECHNO started way back in ’95 with headliners Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, and Daft Punk. Yeah you heard me. This year’s stages will packed back to back with some of the biggest talent in the electronic game such as FNT favorites Disclosure, Knife Party, Maxim (of the Prodigy), Bakermat, Cashmere Cat, Carnage, Dusky, Duke Dumont, I SEE MONSTAS, Yellow Claw, and more. Like I said before, read it… and I’m still weeping.

So enter below and keep up with I LOVE TECHNO online to be sure you don’t miss out on all the action.

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FYI | Your Favorite DJs Before They Made It Big

Posted by on August 1, 2013

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You have seen posts before by other blogs with pictures of DJs when they were little kids or even teenagers. That is cute and all, but here we want to show you when they were looking like goons, in that phase of their professional life they would probably rather forget, when they were young and reckless and not always ready for the camera. Some of them do look like they were born for the camera (see Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong & Carl Cox), but others: oh boy, let’s have some fun on this special Throwback Thursday. Before you move on, please bask in how goonish Tiesto, Armin and Ferry look in that picture. Armin had his law degree at that point. Imagine being represented in court by him; unreal.

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Events | Ultra Music Festival 2013 — Weekend 2 Recap (Or, If I Never Hear “Clarity” Again, It Will Be Too Soon)

Posted by on April 9, 2013

“You know, the mainstage doesn’t look that awesome this year. In fact, it kind of looks smaller than it did last year.”

I was sitting on a friend’s couch drinking a lukewarm Bud Light and watching Nicky Romero’s Weekend 1 set on a Macbook. We didn’t have the good speakers plugged in because someone was napping upstairs, so the sound was tinny and easy to talk over. The TV mounted to the wall was tuned to NCAA basketball with the volume off. It was early on Friday evening and I was in the process of getting over bronchitis. A bag of Doritos was making the rounds.

“Shit guys. This stage is bullshit.” I grabbed a fistful of Doritos and gestured at the computer. “Look at it. It’s just sitting there, being purple. God, the mainstage is going to effing suck this year.” My friends nodded sagely. I leaned back, satisfied that my point had hit home, and turned my attention to the basketball game.

Of all the things I’ve been wrong about in my life, this has got to be top three.

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Events | EDC New York Lineup Phase 1

Posted by on April 3, 2013

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After releasing the trailer yesterday, Insomniac has finally shed light on some of the artists who will be gracing the stages here in New York on May 17th & 18th. Some may be wondering why there are so few compared to other festival announcements — remember it was shortened to two days, so 1/3 less DJs required. Some of the notable names on the list include Carl Cox, Steve Angello, Dirty South, Arty, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz, Nicky Romero, Dash Berlin and Cosmic Gate. The lineup also sets itself up for at least 4 artist lead stages, Carl Cox & Friends, Steve Angello’s Size Matters with Thomas Gold, AN21 & Max Vengeli already on the bill, a trance stage of some sort, possibly led by Cosmic Gate if Armin does not show up in the second wave of artists, and another repeat of last year with Afrojack’s Jacked Stage with Quintino, Bassjackers and R3hab all on the bill. The lineup is very promising and seems to have plenty for all tastes. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the second wave of artists and judgment should be withheld until then. Get your tickets here.

Events | Ultra Music Festival Phase 1 Lineup Announcement

Posted by on December 29, 2012

UMF, the crowned jewel of the American festival circuit, now in its 15th year making a historic shift going to 2 weekends, has announced many of the headliners for the festival in the first phase of artists announcements. Some of the big names include, Avicii, Armin van Buuren with ASOT 600, Above & Beyond, Fatboy Slim, Bassnectar, Carl Cox (who will be hosting his own arena), Kaskade, Deadmau5, who is returning after blasting them for a whole host of things last year, and SHM ending their one last tour with shows on Sundays of both weekends. A couple other pieces of info we do know about UMF is that ASOT will be on Sunday the 24, or the second weekend only, though Armin may be there both weekends, Deadmau5 is preparing something unique for this occasion and with live performances from guys like Matt & Kim & Boys Noize, this should be special UMF. If you are feeling nostaligic or are already gearing up to go this year, watch some of the recaps from last year on UMFTV.